Today I’m happy to welcome to the blog Masha Alfiarovich, a Brooklynite by way of Mink, Belarus. She’s lived in NYC for 5 years, and is a residential property manager by day, and a keen city explorer in her free time (seriously, check out her Instagram TalkCityToMe, it’s full of hidden gems and beautiful places to visit around the 5 boroughs!) Her goal through her site is to inspire more New Yorkers to not take this city for granted, but to make time to enjoy it to the fullest.
What is your favorite way to #TreatYoSelf in the city?
In Eastern Europe, where I grew up, due to some social and economic reasons, there is no such thing as “foodism”, people go out to eat only on special occasions and not to enjoy food or to get a culinary experience, but to spend time together. Drinking/cocktail culture simple does not exist (Bloody Mary is vodka and tomato juice poured straight into a glass).
When I moved to New York, a whole new culinary world that I never knew opened up for me. I would say my very favorite way to treat myself is by going to The Clocktower in Flatiron for drinks and dessert. Very few people know about this place, I feel that it is a hidden gem that deserves more attention.
When do you most often utilize this treat?
It’s my number one choice for a romantic date night with my husband. It’s also a number one place to show my friends and family who visit New York an upscale, beautiful, “fancy” city restaurant. They have several dining rooms, a golden bar (made of a huge shiny piece of gold) and a pool table for the guests.
The Clocktower is a restaurant in a hotel, so even thought it’s upscale, it’s not uptight, it’s acceptable to come in casual clothes. I saw David Beckham there wearing shorts;-)
Would you consider this treat to be budget friendly, a sensational splurge, or somewhere in the middle?
Desserts at The Clocktower are moderately priced. Please note: I don’t recommend dining there (I did, dishes are overpriced and not outstanding), I recommend this place for desserts, some coffee, wine and cocktails to go with them.
It seems to be a trend that #TreatYoSelf days tend to come when there is either something to celebrate or when you need a pick-me-up. In the case of the latter, what words of encouragement would you give a New Yorker who is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?
You live in the city that is the most desirable place in the world to live in and to visit. There is nothing that a good treat won’t fix, and NYC offers plenty.
Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today, Masha, and sharing your favorite way to use your city on a #TreatYoSelf day!
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